Sick Days

Remember sick days as a kid, when your mom or dad would keep you home from school, and you’d spend the day snuggled in bed, sleeping or reading or watching TV? Fuzzy-headed, pajama-clad, falling asleep secure in the knowledge that someone would wake you up for your next dose of medicine or bowl of soup, a sick day wasn’t pleasant, no, but it was at least safe and comforting.

I remember I had these flannel pajamas, blue and white and navy plaid, that were soft and warm. I wore the pants with a t-shirt emblazoned with a drawing of a fishing cat—not fishing with its paws, mind you, but fishing with a pole, complete with bait and tackle. My dad brought me that shirt from some fishing trip in Minnesota or Canada, I think. I wonder what ever happened to it? Long since disintegrated, I’d wager, banished to the trash or a garage sale.

I drank Cup of Soup chicken soups, terrible and thin now, but then comforting, served in a coffee mug in bed. I watched Star Wars on tape on the little television in my bedroom after I’d hit about twelve years, dreaming of becoming a Jedi Knight, and before that I read Misty of Chincoteague, wanting to be a horse on a salty-aired island in the Atlantic, far from whatever respiratory ailment had me that month.

Nowadays, my sick days are spent in fuzzy sweatpants and a ratty IU hoodie. I shuffle from the bedroom to the kitchen to make my tea or a savory bowl of noodle soup—no chicken, now that I don’t eat meat—and back again to watch Buffy or read The Shadow Rising. My fiance goes to the grocery store and brings me a Coke when I ask him to, but mostly I take care of myself.

A part of me wants to read Misty again, though, to feel a pair of cool hands brushing the hair off my hot forehead when it’s time to take my temperature. I want to be a kid again, times like these, and just let the world pass me by.

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7 thoughts on “Sick Days

    1. Yes. I thought it was evocative. It looks like how I feel.

      Or possibly it looks like it’s concentrating on a forthcoming poop.

      Which is not how I feel, FYI.

  1. I still like to be taken care of when I’m sick. I become a big baby when I get sick, and all I want is to have the spouse tuck me in and kiss my forehead. And he’s quite good at doing that stuff.

    1. I try, but all I get is a ‘leave me alone, I’m gross’. She’s not easy to take care of 🙂

      An hour or so ago, she said “I think I’m keeping you from sleeping at night … you want me to sleep on the couch?”, to which I replied: “gaaah, what? You haven’t woke me once.” “Well, you’re too nice to tell me if I was waking you.” “No, you can continue to sleep in our bed even though you’re sick.”

      Crazy kitty.

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